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Tulfo backs Magna Carta for barangay workers

Senator Raffy Tulfo is pushing anew for government to properly compensate barangay tanods and other barangay officials.

In his proposed Senate Bill (SB) No. 1696 provides a Magna Carta for  barangay workers, which he said, have been neglected for the longest time in terms of benefits, salaries, and allowances.

Tulfo said some of barangay tanods had been injured, had met accidents, and even offered their life due to the call of duty.

He also noted that some barangay health workers had also died while doing their mandated tasks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tulfo’s bill impseeks  a more extensive set of grants for the benefits, subsidies and compensation for barangay officials, personnel, and volunteer workers, including tanods and barangay health workers.

It seeks to remedy the ordeal encountered by barangay health workers by giving minimum and maximum salary rates.

Tulfo further said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is tasked to develop a standardized Position Classification and Compensation Scheme for barangay officials, personnel, and volunteer workers.

SB No. 1696 also requires that government workers be covered by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) social insurance program, PhilHealth Insurance Program, and PagIBIG Fund.

Under the said measure, hazard allowance, as well as death and burial benefits, are also granted to public servants.

Tulfo’s bill, to be known as “Magna Carta for Barangay Officials, Personnel and Volunteer Workers,” likewise aims to provide preferential treatment for barangay officers in their conferment of civil service eligibility and in government appointments.

“It is imperative that we recognize the tireless effort and sacrifices of our barangay officials, personnel and volunteer workers by giving them their due,” the bills explanatory note read.

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